Our Top 10 Destination Recommendations
Here are our favourite things to see and do in The Great Smoky Mountains.
Some are well known, some not so well known. Have a look around as we have included photos, videos, information and links.
They are in no particular order.
Great Smoky Mountains National Park
An 11-mile, one-way loop road circles the cove, offering motorists the opportunity to sightsee at a leisurely pace. Allow at least two to four hours to tour Cades Cove, longer if you walk some of the area’s trails. Traffic is heavy during the tourist season in summer and fall and on weekends year-round. While driving the loop road, please be courteous to other visitors and use pullouts when stopping to enjoy the scenery or view wildlife.
RAFTING IN THE SMOKIES
No experience is necessary, so get ready to rock the rapids! With exciting class-III and -IV rapids, whitewater rafting in Tennessee begins right here, in Gatlinburg.
With several regional rivers just minutes away, Gatlinburg is a great place for whitewater rafting! Whether you’ve never been before or you’re an experienced rafter, Gatlinburg has the whitewater rafting adventure for you!
Clingmans Dome is a mountain in the Great Smoky Mountains of Tennessee and North Carolina, in the southeastern United States. At an elevation of 6,643 feet, it is the highest mountain in the Smokies, the highest point in the state of Tennessee, and the highest point along the 2,174-mile Appalachian Trail.
HIKING IN THE SMOKIES
With more than 800 miles of trails meandering throughout the park, including 71 miles of the Appalachian Trail, the Smokies are also widely recognized as one of the top hiking destinations in the east.
Enjoy all 4 seasons of Mountaintop excitement!
Anakeesta is a Cherokee Indian word referring to high ground, literally meaning “the place of the balsams.”
Today, the word is most often associated with a massive rock layer known as the Anakeesta Formation that encompasses many of the peaks in our part of the Smoky Mountains. You can see it high above Gatlinburg in Charlie’s Bunion, Chimney Tops, and Mount Kephart. We chose the name Anakeesta to capture the authentic Smokies heritage that our guests will experience among the treetops at the summit of Anakeesta Mountain. Anakeesta is located on 70 acres of pristine forested land nestled in the heart of downtown Gatlinburg.
THE VILLAGES OF GATLINBURG SHOPPING
Just past traffic light #6, adjacent to the Pancake Pantry, lies one of Gatlinburg’s most memorable shopping experiences, “The Village”. Here you will find a collection of 27 unique shops and eateries set in a quaint European village atmosphere. The brick pathways, abundant landscaping and bubbling fountains provide a tranquil escape from Parkway traffic. Tucked away in this quaint haven are gift and specialty shops, clothiers, galleries and eateries that break away from the cookie cutter variety of retailers to which most of us have become acquainted. Whether you’re looking for a remembrance of your visit or something refreshing to eat or drink, you will find it here. Grab a Village directory as you enter the distinctive brick archway and discover the diversity of these 27 special establishments. A visit to Gatlinburg will not be complete without a stop in The Village. Make sure you visit all 27 shops. You will not be disappointed!
Dollywood offers you the chance to immerse yourself in the natural beauty of the Smoky Mountains and the incredible spirit of its people, all at a place fun for all ages. We invite you to taste award-winning recipes, experience heart-pounding thrills and witness incredible performances sure to become memories you’ll treasure always.
THE GATLINBURG STRIP
Get ready to feast your eyes on the sights and your senses to the smells on this famous strip! Shopping, eateries and candy shops galore! Plus many attractions such as Ripleys, The Car Museum and The Aquarium!
GATLINBURG ARTS & CRAFTS COMMUNITY
An 8 mile Loop with over 100 Craftsmen! Plan to spend some time enjoying this area! The Summit is located convenienty nearby!
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